Lisette Voûte Designs undertook a full refurbishment of a Victorian terraced townhouse in Southwest London.
The home was previously decorated in a quirky, somewhat mid-century modern way and the house itself looked tired and full of dark, dull colours. The new owners wanted to create a ‘neo-traditional’ style – classic, youthful and timeless, without being fussy or old fashioned.
Front of Living Room Before (See “After” above):
The house, with quite a few original features and mouldings still in place, called for a classic interior that would work seamlessly with the home’s architecture, as if they were always meant to be together. Every surface of the home was renovated and redecorated in some way.
The previous flooring was scuffed, tired floorboards, so these were replaced with oak flooring stained in a deep chocolate brown. The boards had mixed widths and lengths, giving a natural and high-end look. A bespoke window seat was designed that provided a bench, storage and a place to hide ugly radiators! The fabrics chosen for the cushions and curtains ‘play’ with each other to bring texture to the room, with mixtures of florals, abstract, geometric and plain patterns.
Back of Living Room Before:
The existing fireplace was renovated entirely with the stone ripped out and replaced with reclaimed bricks, and a limestone hearth was added. This warmed up the room, adding luxury and cosiness at the same time. Brushed brass wall lights were fitted above the fireplace and plenty of table and floor lamps were dotted around to make the room extra cosy. Door knobs and light switches were finished in brass, again to create a warming and more inviting feel.
Finally, painting a room a different colour can really make or break a space – and this is a perfect example. The walls were transformed from battleship grey to a beautiful soft duck-egg, instantly brightening the room. All the wood work, including the bookcases (which were in the same dark grey) and the black fireplace, were painted white, providing a wonderful sharp contrast.
Back of Living Room After
Much of the furniture was picked up in vintage and antique shops and the mirror above the fireplace is from Oka. Plenty of decorative accessories such as flowers, throws, candles, cushions and baskets, have been scattered around the house, really transforming it into a cosy, inviting and warm home.